FITfare Finds Soup For You!

Fun fact about the FITgals: WE LOVE SOUP!


And there is nothing we crave more when the weather starts to turn colder. Soup can be one of those deceptive diet busters when you get it out at a deli or restaurant (or, worse, in a can): high sodium, cream, or chicken/beef fat ruining what looks to be a very healthy choice. But, when you make it at home, it is easy to make a super nutritious, light, and clean meal.

Best of all, it is usually a one-pot wonder kind of meal!  Here is what I made on Sunday and have been enjoying ever since (notice – there is no oil or butter!):

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

6 cups vegetable broth (use more if you like a thinner soup)

2 cups dried green split peas, rinsed

1 medium chopped onion

1 cup carrots (I used closer to 2 cups)

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. dried basil

½ tsp cumin 

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large pot, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Add salt and pepper; simmer 10 minutes longer. Cool slightly. In small batches, puree soup in a blender or food processor; return to the pot. Heat for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!!! XOXO



FITmama’s Motivation Monday

My Motivation Mantra this week is to — BE PRESENT! 

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Sheryl Sandberg.  I am in awe of her accomplishments, but at the same time humbeled by her authentic nature to “SIT AT THE TABLE” and talk to a group of my peers.  What I’m most inspired and motivated to share is that we all can make a difference and change the world… one voice at a time.  We choose our paths by each tiny step we take, such as:


Read more about how Melissa LEANS IN!!

Raising our hand in class

Offering to lead a project at work

Staying home with our kids

Building a business you love

Starting a PTA committee

Organizing a school fundraiser

Teaching our children 

and Being kind to ourselves!! 


My takeaway as a wife, mother, and business owner is to “SIT AT THE TABLE” and BE PRESENT! I coach clients daily about “showing up” to their workouts, yoga mat, and or spin class.  More importantly, I emphasize taking personal responsibility of your daily choices whether it be healthy eating, stress management, preventive stretching, proper hydration, etc… The bottom line is that we all make excuses, I know I do!! My excuses are generally, “too tired and too busy.” However, our small daily choices make a difference that can yield great change.  Maybe it’s committing to changing your diet (drinking more water vs. soda, cutting out processed foods) or waking up for that 5:30am workout (instead of hitting the snooze button), or participating in a project at work or school, whatever the decision choose to “show up” and “be present” so that it counts and you start to see results!!  Whether it’s your fitness level or personal potential, remember “you reap what you sow!”


This week my Motivation Mantra is to BE PRESENT!  No more multi-tasking, and instead I’m going to slow down, focus, listen, and BE PRESENT for my family, my son, my career, and my happiness!!!



How will you “SIT AT THE TABLE?”  Share your thoughts with us! 

FITfamily is Walking to School!

This week kids all over the globe kicked-off a very cool, and often forgotten, opportunity… Walking To School! FITfamily along with their neighborhood joined the kid parade on Oct, 9th for International Walk-to-School Day and have high hopes to keep it up year-round (except maybe on these very rainy days!!).


Family Fun

FITfamily is lucky to live less than a half a mile from school, so the school district has designated us “walkers,” as opposed to “busers.” Sure, sometimes we “walker mamas” envy our “buser” peers for being able to deposit/collect their kids to/from a bus each day, allowing them to avoid the walk time (and the “stand-and-wave” time), thus extending their time-without-kids by 30+ minutes a day. But in truth, I wouldn’t trade my walk time for the world. When we’re not having quality family heart-to-hearts on our walks, we’re catching up with our neighbors or taking time to notice the changing leaves, the new Halloween decorations on the corner, the growing piles of leaves to jump in. We miss out on these adventures on the days we’re running late and give into the temptation to hop in the car.

Green Family

Yeah, it really makes a difference when we use our feet instead of our mini vans! We reduce air pollutants, which reduces ozone and nitrogen oxides.


The Walk-to-School organization lists a number of community benefits of walking to school, including:

  • Less traffic congestion
  • Stronger sense of community
  • Safer streets (motorists drive more carefully when they know kids are walking to school)
  • Lower costs (one school district calculated $237,000 in annual savings on gas, road maintenance and busing!)
  • Improved accessibility  (sidewalks and ramps benefit all residents)
  • Economic gains (pedestrian investments increase home values and enhance local businesses)

Healthy Family

Obviously, the most important benefit to walking to school is the regular exercise that’s automatically incorporated into our families’ daily lives.  It’s good for us moms, and it’s great for our kids to learn this important value and see us “walking the walk, not just talking the talk.”

The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends kids get one or more hour of physical activity each day to build strong bones, muscles and joints and decrease the risks of obesity. By walking to and from school each day, this FITfamily is meeting half of that requirement before we even hit the playground or the soccer field!

Missed the chance to walk to school this week? Don’t worry! “Walk-to-School Month” lasts the whole month of October. And of course, walking is free and open year-round!